Naomi Alderman and Adam Foulds in Granta’s 20 Best

UEA alumni Naomi Alderman and Adam Foulds have been included in Granta’s magazine’s list of the twenty best young British novelists under the age of forty.  Naomi (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2003.  Her first novel, ‘Disobedience’ (2006) won the Sunday Times Young writer of the Year Award and the Orange Broadband Prize for New Writers.  Her second novel ‘The Lessons’ (2010) was serialised for BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime and her third, ‘The Liars’ Gospel’, was published last year, when she was also selected by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative to be mentored for one year by Margaret Atwood.  Adam graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) in 2000 and published his first novel, ‘The Truth About These Strange Times’, in 2007, winning a Betty Trask Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. His verse novella, ‘The Broken Word’ (2008) won the Costa Poetry Award, the Jerwood Aldeburgh Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award. His most recent novel, ‘The Quickening Maze’, was shortlisted for the inaugural Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction and for the 2009 Man Booker Prize, and was the winner of the Encore Award, the South Bank Show literature prize and the European Union Prize for Literature.

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